To “put on the dog” is a term that is believed to have been in America from the time of the Civil War. For those not familiar with the phrase, it means to make things extra special. When we have guests in our home, or when she plans a special event in the community or at church, my wife “puts on the dog.”
Michelle is a thrifty spender. She doesn’t patronize the “uptown” stores for her do-dads, but she can take items from the local dollar store and dress them up with fancy additions, so no one knows the difference.
And the meals are exquisite. Her banquets are considered feasts by most, and desserts are her specialty. Michelle loves to welcome and entertain guests.
God does, too, as David testifies. “You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings” (Psalm 23:5 NLT). In David’s culture, hosts anointed their guest’s heads with fragrant oil as a type of lotion. The idiom hadn’t been invented, but they “put on the dog,” nevertheless.
God invites everyone to his heavenly banquet, but only those who come by the door of Christ’s forgiveness actually enter. Upon entering, our position changes from guest to child and friend. God honors us with a never-ending party. Time changes to eternity, which is not measured in days or years.
But we don’t have to wait for heaven to receive God’s blessings. They’re available and experienced from the moment we trust Jesus as our Savior. Jesus offers abundant life now and throughout eternity. God’s blessings don’t necessarily entail wealth and power, but they always involve the peaceful assurance that he’ll give what we need, when we need it, and for as long as we need it.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.